Role of BAP 65 (Blood Urea Nitrogen, Altered Mental Status, Pulse, Age 65 Years) Scoring System in Risk Stratification of Patients with Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease in Tertiary Care Hospital

  • Ashish Thapa Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine, Armed Police Force Hospital, Balambu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: BAP 65 score, risk stratification, tertiary hospital


Introduction: Exacerbations are important events in the management of COPD because they negatively impact health status, rates of hospitalization and readmission, and disease progression. COPD AE is one of the commonest case presenting to the TUTH Emergency, average being 5 patients a day. The aim of the study was to co-relate the BAP 65 score, mortality and mechanical ventilation in patients with acute exacerbation of COPD.

Methods: It was an observational study, 648 patients from emergency of TUTH were screened for the study from Magh 2073 to Asar 2074 after getting approval from the institutional review boards, among them 114 were included after applying inclusion and exclusion criteria and BAP 65 score was calculated. The patients were followed till discharge, mechanical ventilation or mortality. Data entry was done in MS EXCEL and statistical analysis was done using SPSS version 24.

Results: Total of 114 patients enrolled for the study from the emergency of TUTH. There were total 16 mortality and 12 patients were mechanically ventilated. Most of the mortality and mechanical ventilation were from severe group ie BAP class IV and V. We used Pearson Chi-squared test to compare between BAP 65 class and Mortality, and found that mortality rate increased with increasing BAP 65 class with a p value of < 0.0001. The need of Mechanical Ventilation increased as well, as the BAP 65 Class increased, less than 1% of the patients with BAP class I needed MV, the cause being Type II Respiratory Failure, while around 50% of the patients with BAP class V needed MV.

Conclusions: BAP 65 score is an effective and simple tool to classify the patients presenting with AECOPD, it correlated well with both the need of mechanical ventilation and mortality. Higher the score higher the chances of severe disease.